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AirAsia Purchased 100 Airbus A321neo at Farnborough Airshow 2016


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#41 Kee Hooi Yen

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 10:00 AM

Impressive. Well done and congratulations to Air Asia !



#42 flee

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 01:50 PM

Early AirAsia A321neos earmarked for Bali-Australia flights

 

http://australianavi...tralia-flights/



#43 flee

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 02:25 PM

I wonder what engines will be ordered for the A321neos. It would be wrong for Airasia to completely rule out the PW GTFs. Many rumours are floating around that it has better fuel burn than the CFM LEAP. They would do well to study the numbers and order the right engine for the A321neos. Their fleet is big enough to support both engine types.



#44 Adrian M

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 02:53 PM

Thought TF mentioned they are not buying PWs in the press conference?



#45 flee

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 02:55 PM

Thought TF mentioned they are not buying PWs in the press conference?

That was in reference to the A320neos. Airasia has not announced what engines will go on the A321neo.



#46 Adrian M

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 06:27 PM

AIRASIA PLACES $2.7 BILLION CFM LEAP ENGINE ORDER TO POWER NEW AIRBUS A321NEO AIRCRAFT

 

LONDON, England — 13 July 2016 – In a special ceremony  here today, AirAsia announced that it has ordered 200 additional CFM International LEAP-1A engines to power 100 new Airbus A321neo announced yesterday.  The order, which expands its LEAP engine fleet to nearly 730 engines, is valued at $2.7 billion U.S. at list price.

“This order for the larger A321neo is an important element in our long-term growth and expansion strategy,” said Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Group.   ““Choosing the right engine to power them is critical to the success of that strategy.  For us, the LEAP-1A was the obvious choice.  This engine has demonstrated the promised 15 percent fuel efficiency and we are quite familiar with the reliability inherent in CFM products and the impact that this has on our operations.”

AirAsia, a pioneer in low-cost travel, has been a CFM customer for more than a decade.  AirAsia was an early LEAP customer and placed its initial order for 400 LEAP-1A engines — the largest in aviation history at the time — to power A320neo aircraft in June 2011.  The airline placed a follow-on order for 128 additional engines in 2013.

As the single largest Airbus A320 operator in the Asia-Pacific region, AirAsia operates a fleet of 170 CFM56-5B-powered Airbus A320s with 304 still to be delivered. AirAsia began operations in 2001 and has continued to see steady growth.  Today, the airline and its subsidiaries operate close to 1,000 flights per day to more than 120 destinations in 24 countries.

“We believe there is no greater endorsement of the technology choices we have made for the LEAP engine than the continued confidence of an airline such as AirAsia,” said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International.  “We are looking proving to them every that they have made the right choice.”

“We love working with AirAsia and can’t wait to get the LEAP-1A into their fleet later this year,” said Chaker Chahrour, vice president of global sales and marketing for CFM parent company GE Aviation.   “In many ways, AirAsia and CFM has grown up together in the past 25 years and we are honored to be part of one of the most dynamic, successful teams in the industry today.”

The LEAP-1A engine powered the first flight of the Airbus A321neo in February 2016.  The engine is on track for entry into service in mid-2016 on the initial A320neo and will provide operators with a 15 percent improvement in fuel efficiency, with an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions; a 50 percent margin to new emissions regulations; a dramatically lower noise signature; and CFM’s industry-leading reliability and low overall operating costs.

About AirAsia

AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia, services the most extensive network with over 100 destinations. Within 15 years of operations, AirAsia has carried over 330 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 170. The airline is proud to be a truly Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and India, servicing a network stretching across Asia Pacific. AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards for eight consecutive years from 2009 to 2016. AirAsia is the first airline globally to collaborate with INTERPOL to implement the I-Checkit system to screen the passports of all prospective passengers against information contained in the world police body’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database.

About CFM International

The LEAP engine is a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines.  This engine has experienced the fastest order ramp up in commercial aviation history and CFM has received orders for a total of more than 10,820 LEAP engines across all three models through June 2016.  For more information, visit us at www.cfmaeroengines.com or follow us on Twitter @CFM_engines.

 

https://www.cfmaeroe...21neo-aircraft/



#47 flee

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 06:39 PM

Hahahaha, very good!

 

Congratulations to CFM!



#48 CH Teo

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 09:33 PM

I thought they gonna put some premium cabin for the A321...

#49 flee

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 09:53 PM

I thought they gonna put some premium cabin for the A321...

That might be done if D7 also takes the A321neo.



#50 JuliusWong

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 10:03 PM

LOPA- A321neo with max capacity- 240 pax (compared to current max 220 pax layout- top)

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LOPA- A320neo with max capacity- 186/189/195 pax (compared to current max 180 pax layout- top)

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Note: A320neo is certified by EASA with 180/186/189/195 layout.

 

Spaceflex module by Zodiac

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All I can say is good luck if you are allocated in last two rows.......O.o


Edited by JuliusWong, 13 July 2016 - 10:08 PM.


#51 flee

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 10:08 PM

Those seats over the wing also look bad - 28" pitch! 


Edited by flee, 13 July 2016 - 10:10 PM.


#52 BC Tam

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 10:13 PM

Are they serious about those relocated WCs at rear ?!

They look quite inhumane, on paper at least  :)



#53 flee

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 10:18 PM

I think that this kind of Spaceflex configuration is only good (for pax) for flights not exceeding 2½ hours.



#54 JuliusWong

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 10:24 PM

Are they serious about those relocated WCs at rear ?!

They look quite inhumane, on paper at least  :)

Yes, Wizz Air and Vueling have started using Spaceflex. :)

 

A video on how it works: 


Edited by JuliusWong, 13 July 2016 - 10:24 PM.


#55 Mohd Firdaus Bolong

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 07:49 AM

Yes, Wizz Air and Vueling have started using Spaceflex. :)

 

A video on how it works: 

 

Reminds me of our own Maswings ATR72-500 WCs...Very hard to manouver in..Especially if you're taking care of your kids "business"...



#56 JuliusWong

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 10:14 AM

AirAsia explains drivers behind big order for high-density A321neos
 

......AirAsia’s upgauging is, Fernandes says, largely owing to slots and capacity, which interestingly sits in the context of a wider discussion at Farnborough about the growing average size of narrowbody aircraft. Boeing estimates that this average is growing at over one percent per year — nearly two seats annually.

 

......The second reason — that the ancillary revenue opportunities of galley space is desirable for an LCC like AirAsia — is perhaps more important. 

 

.......But, RGN asked Fernandes if the passenger experience will be different, or the same? “Same. The same experience. We’re going to try to keep [the turn] to twenty-five minutes. The only difference is we’ll use a back steps to board people. I’d love triple steps. Two in the front, one in the back,” he assured.

 
Those two would be at doors one, rather than 1L and 2L, Fernandes told RGN. “I’d need lots of airport support and lots of security people to agree it, but yes, that would be the best, two in the front and one at the back.”

 

https://www.runwaygi...nsity-a321neos/

 

Be ready to climb stairs.......



#57 flee

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 10:20 AM

When I went to AKL via OOL, we used stairs at OOL. It is nice to smell jetfuel again - kinda missed the LCCT experience. But the stairs at OOL were rather wobbly - so you need to be careful! We also used the stairs at AKL to disembark - those stairs were sturdier and we got great views of 3 Emirates A380s from the apron! Much better than the sanitised aerobridges...



#58 JuliusWong

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 10:29 AM

When I went to AKL via OOL, we used stairs at OOL. It is nice to smell jetfuel again - kinda missed the LCCT experience. But the stairs at OOL were rather wobbly - so you need to be careful! We also used the stairs at AKL to disembark - those stairs were sturdier and we got great views of 3 Emirates A380s from the apron! Much better than the sanitised aerobridges...

Agree, I done same for SYD, MEL, AVV. Give me boarding via stairs over aerobridges any day! Even on rainy days! Really miss LCCT days, especially boarding A333 and A343.....the close encounter with sheer size of the aircraft was simply amazing. Not to forget, selfie opportunity!

 

Malaysians' life are too pampered, too bad we don't get stair boarding anymore at KUL



#59 Kee Hooi Yen

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 10:38 AM

Perhaps next AK could explore "Space Flex Cockpit" and "Space Flex Cargo Hold" options  :D



#60 jani

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 10:44 AM

Agree, I done same for SYD, MEL, AVV. Give me boarding via stairs over aerobridges any day! Even on rainy days! Really miss LCCT days, especially boarding A333 and A343.....the close encounter with sheer size of the aircraft was simply amazing. Not to forget, selfie opportunity!

 

Malaysians' life are too pampered, too bad we don't get stair boarding anymore at KUL

Whilst I agree, only aviation nuts will say this :D






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